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Just need to tell you that our daughter, now 8 months, LOVES molokhia! We started giving her normal food by and by during her 5th month I think and are constanty looking for something easy-to-prepare, to mix with or bring change to usual potatoes etc. She likes potatos from all vegetables but she loves if it mixed with molokhia. I just take one tablespoon of dried molokhia, maybe more if you use frozen, and half a cup of water, and about 1/4 of potato to make it a bit more sweet and easier to feed, and boil around 10 min, then blender.

Since nature is probably wiser than we each are, I thought if she likes molokhia so much it must be good for her so I researched and indeed molokhia is a VERY good source of calcium and magnesium (magnesium is what you need e.g. whan you are tired after a long work day and have a headache from that), beside a number of other essential minerals.

If you need to know more exactly then the next abstract is for the scientificaly minded :D, from a document called
"Plants in Human Health and Nutrition Policy" (type it into Google and you'll find the whole of it, a PDF

In the last two decades a number of scientists have studied the composition of wild plants as good sources of natural antioxidants, because of a trend towards natural ingredients in food. It was therefore important to investigate the antioxidant and ?3 fatty acid composition of diets such as the diet of Crete that has been shown to be associated with a decreased rate of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Wild plants have contributed to the diet of both humans and animals since their first appearance on planet Earth. Human beings ate a variety of wild plants, whereas today the diet of developed societies is limited to a few cultivated vegetables. However, Mediterranean diets and in particular the diet of Crete is rich in edible wild plants. This diet may be a reference standard for modern human nutrition and a model for defense against certain diseases of affluence.
The first chapter on ?Nutritional Composition of Molokhia (Corchorus litorius)
and Stamnagathi (Cichorium spinosum)? by Zeghichi, Kallithraka and
Simopoulos describes the nutritional composition of molokhia (C. olitorius), a commonly eaten wild cultivated plant in North Africa and the Middle East, and stamnagathi (C. spinosum), an edible wild plant indigenous to Crete.
Antioxidants (vitamin C, -carotene, -tocopherol, glutathione and phenols),
antioxidant activity, minerals (K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn and P) and fatty acid composition were determined during plant growth. The seeds were
harvested from wild plants and grown in the green house at 25C. Leaves were harvested for extraction every 5 or 10 days. The results showed that both plants contained considerable amounts of antioxidants especially molokhia, which reached levels of 77.42 and 14.89, and 38 mg/100 g wet weight of vitamin C, -tocopherol and phenols respectively. The glutathione content also increased during leaf development (12.52 and 13.77 mg/100 g wet weight for molokhia and stamnagathi respectively). In addition, molokhia is rich in Ca, Cu and Mn while stamanagathi is a source of Fe, Zn, K and Mg. Both plants contained -linolenic acid in moderate quantities (62.14 mg/100 g wet weight for molokhia and 44.4 mg/100 g wet weight for stamnagathi).


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Great info. My neighbor's little children both love it and her daughter also started eating it around 6 months. lol Thanks for sharing.


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